'a silver thread in a ribbon of green'

flowing through Edinburgh

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust works to conserve and enhance the river, its heritage and wildlife: the Trust promotes education and recreation through the Visitor Centre and works with volunteers and community groups to deliver around 300 river clean-ups and habitat improvement tasks annually. 

Operating since 1988, it was the first river charity to be established in Scotland. Support our work by becoming a member, sending a donation or joining the hundred-strong team of volunteers who are involved in projects on the river and in running the Visitor Centre.   

The Trust is a registered Charity (number SC000015). Our work is supported by City of Edinburgh Council’s Services for Communities and Communities and Families Departments.


Latest News

Coalie Park Project is underway. This means a path closure near Leith. 

Coalie Park Diversion

The Walkway

13 mile walkway winding through our capital

Visitor Centre

Open daily 10am to 4pm, community café & exhibition

The River

Edinburgh’s hidden natural asset

The Trust

Conserving and enhancing the river since 1988


Join the team and help protect the Water of Leith


Discover more on one of our learning programmes or activities

Featured Events

Sun 24th Mar

The Dells in Spring – Hands on Guided Walk for adults

Springtime exploration focusing on tree identification and spotting signs of spring
1.30pm to 3.30pm
£7 per adult (members free use promo code)

Thu 4th Apr

Spring Discover Session – Kids Event

Hands on fun by the Water of Leith
1.30pm to 3.30pm
£7 per child accompanying adult free

Sun 7th Apr

Wild Welly Walk Family Fun Day

A Family Fun Day aimed at 3 to 6 year olds, follow the trail to discover who is living in the woods and river in springtime.
£4 per person

Latest News & Blog Posts


Wild about Birthdays!

Gillian talks about one of her favourite parts of her job -leading eco-birthday parties in the woods


2023/4 – A busy year so far!

Read on if you want to learn about all areas of our work on the river and at the Centre since April last year


Riverfly Surveys – the results for 2023

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust began Riverfly sampling in May 2023. After some provisional monitoring and sampling at various …

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